Marmaduke

Marmaduke

When the world's favourite Great Dane, Marmaduke, moves with his family to the Sunshine State he becomes a minor celebrity and gets a little too big for his boots. 1.5 out of 5 based on 15 reviews
Marmaduke

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Certificate U
Genre Family / Children
Director Tom Dey
Cast Ron Perlman, Owen Wilson, Jeremy Piven, Stacy Ferguson Emma Stone
Studio Fox UK
Release Date August 2010
Running Time 88 mins
 

When the world's favourite Great Dane, Marmaduke, moves with his family to the Sunshine State he becomes a minor celebrity and gets a little too big for his boots.

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Reviews

The Los Angeles Times

Glenn Whipp

Wilson's amiable vocal work keeps the predictability from becoming too grating. The movie takes a sharp, strange turn in its last half-hour, injecting some serious "Homeward Bound"-style peril into the proceedings. But don't worry: Marmaduke isn't going to meet Marley up in doggie heaven. With this dog, sobbing takes a backseat to slobbering.

04/06/2010

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The New York Times

Stephen Holden

These cinematic feats are accomplished with meat-cleaver editing and awkward, jittery computer-generated imagery. The well-cast voices for the expressionless animals are at least good for a few smirks.

04/06/2010

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

Perhaps very small children will be able to tolerate the flatulence gags, ill-timed prat-falls and pointless destruction that will make this ‘family film’ a painful ordeal for hapless adults.

20/08/2010

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Empire Magazine

Helen O'Hara

Mirthless family romp that hits all the lowest comedy dominators.

22/08/2010

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The Sunday Times

Peter Whittle

Unforgiving children will be annoyed by this lack of internal logic. They will also find it hard to sit still through the lame humour, and fraught parents will be irritated by the general all-round sappiness about family being all. A real dog.

22/08/2010

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Total Film

Tom Dawson

Between the endless puns and bland humans, the film fails to throw its grown ups a bone.

18/08/2010

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

Formulaic children's comedy.

22/08/2010

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Variety

Joe Leydon

The deficiency of fart jokes -- only two, actually -- doubtless will disappoint adolescent boys, and the novelty of Owen Wilson providing a California stoner-style voice for the title character, a humongous Great Dane, wears thin after 15 minutes or so.

03/06/2010

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

Better than Cats & Dogs, but praise hardly comes much lower.

20/08/2010

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Time Out

Tom Huddleston

This idea is almost weird enough to work, but it’s let down by the feeble characterisation, sickening special effects, an obnoxious human cast, an overall sense of smugness and a complete absence of good jokes.

19/08/2010

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The Times

Wendy Ide

The CGI animation is pretty rudimentary and has the unfortunate effect of making the dogs look as if they are demonically possessed when they talk. The human performances are utterly dismal...

20/08/2010

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The Evening Standard

Derek Malcolm

Tom Dey’s film, with Owen Wilson voicing the dog, is spectacularly sentimental, full of ridiculous computer-animated action, and makes sure its animals are a good deal less pallid than the humans on view.

20/08/2010

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The Guardian

Phelim O'Neill

The film seems not to have a script, rather to have been assembled by stitching together a lot of notes from producers and focus groups: have the dog talk (in fact he never shuts up, with Owen Wilson droning on as the CGI mouth flaps away), move him to California, have him wear cool sunglasses, stick him on a surfboard and so on... It's a mess. It is suitable for kids, but only as a punishment.

19/08/2010

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

Oh dear. Owen Wilson, voicing the accident-prone Great Dane of this lame family comedy, has well and truly landed himself in Chateau Bow-Wow, aka the doghouse.

19/08/2010

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The Observer

Philip French

Expect this year's Lousy Lassie Award to go to Marmaduke.

22/08/2010

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